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years, but i think we need some better certainty on how we deal with this decision of succession. >> the charter has worked several times during times of vacancies like this. it certainly worked during aftermath of mayor mosconi and harvey milk. >> so we may be seeing more of these successor issues coming up, certainly something we do not want to legislate. i hope that we can trust people to be grown up about it, but if that is not the case, we can spell that out. >> going through the first time with little knowledge and information was difficult. now that we have got our record of how to do this, i think the next clerk and the city will be much informed with having our process and having our archives to look too. >> and that is how san francisco government worked out the kinks, twists and turns, bombs in the road, to select its new interim mayor, ed lee.
san francisco's first asian- american mayor. >> this has been an unprecedented and historic transition of power here in san francisco. i am so happy the board of supervisors came together to select an outstanding choice along many outstanding candidates to lead us over the next several years. >> over the past several months when this issue has come up, it had been agonizing. the board has been put into a difficult situation. there are a lot of differences of opinion on how to run the city, how to mass make a decision, who should be in place, 11 people to agree on that is a challenging thing. i think we have done the best we can do in the process, considering the difference of opinions. >> the people of san francisco can now choose their mayor, the direction they want to go. that is why this decision was so appropriate. >> the other big shock is that the moderates seem to have won this round.
people thought, progressives have themselves on the board. there is no reason that they will not get together and take a noted leader who is a progressive to be interim mayor, and then stayed there for another term. the great thing about being in term mayor is to get to run as an incumbent. the fact that the progressives could not get together to get somebody into office as interim mayor in their own self-interest was very surprising for a lot of us. >> what happened in the last month in city hall was an incredible show of democracy that was part policy, part politics, and it all came together, and more than anything -- not just from a reporter's perspective, often was this? but there was a public interest as well on what was going on in san francisco government. we take it for granted a law that there is a city government here. this was something that brought people together. you heard people talking about it at the cafes, park
i feel like all of us are starng to see what the problems in this country are. i think plenty of people are opinionated. i don't think there's many forums where you can really express yourself or try to make a difference or anything. i mean...wha'...whatdo... what do i do, ya' know? the only people that i'm able to affect are the people who care about what i have to say. there is something you can do, but i'm sure it wouldn't be, uh...easy. different man: i get angry about it, but it's like... ya' know, in my own apartment. [laughs] >> in the year 2020 to see everybody traveling the whole city using their bicycles.
that would be great dedication, don't you think? [applause] today, i know that all of our supervisors -- while this was not a noticed meeting, it was a very noticed meeting. the department heads that have been here with public works and rec and park and mta and others, the commissioners writing this, and we had a great conversation with different parts of the roadway that we had with the very soft area of golden gate park to the pathways and the panhandle, and we really hit into traffic. that is the really challenging part, which i intend to work with our supervisors and supervisor mirkarimi to make sure we try to experiment with the ways we can have dedicated bike lanes. that would be wonderful to have, wouldn't it? and we need to calm that traffic
down and make sure that we have state pathways, and then we went to the widow. that is a fun part. i know andy wanted to go directly on the hills. we pulled him back. but i know he is in shape. he is going to speak in a minute, but there are a lot of people in shape, and then there are people like me. we need that we go. and then market street, those really dedicated bike lanes. i am definitely in favor of expanding it from octavia all the way to the very building. we should have dedicated bike lanes there. [applause] we are experimenting with turn lanes so we can dedicate more sequential use of that street. and then there is an economic part of it. as you know, we have worked hard with the supervisors to
make sure that we have amid market change. all of those employees i know -- you are going to see more than 25% of them riding and to work. there will probably be 50% or 60% of the workers we encouraged to locate and beyond big-market. they will be riding to work a lot. we need to expand those lines to make sure we work with it. i know that each of the supervisors will have a minute to say, but before they do, i wanted to welcome also our business partners, people encouraging their employees to ride to work. we have jeff from wells fargo. you are still with us, right? come on out here. we have peter from green apple books. where is peter? peter, come on up here. these are also the employers working with the city, working with our supervisors, all of
them, to make sure they do the best enjoying our efforts. even when we do these, it has been public/private partnerships that actually keep and maintain this. i want to be your with everybody to announce that we have already been working on how we can fund more of these, so with the jfk route that we wrote this morning, recreation and park and mta have been working with our transportation authority through the board of supervisors, and they found a grant that would immediately allow them to plan for the jfk route to be implemented. by the end of this year, mta and rec and park will have a dedicated bike lane on the jfk drive by the end of this year. [applause] that is a really great announcement, and we will have more of them. that is just a first, and i think a number of announcements we will try to make and continue to find funding for anti public/private partnerships
going. with that, i want to bring up andy. maybe peter and tom and joe, if you want to say a few words because i know andy is going to speak about his great hiking experience, his racing skills, and all of the things that he does. come on up. >> very briefly, green apple books recently got, thanks to the by coalition and the city, a bike corral right in front of the store. [applause] they removed a car parking spot, which is a pretty big, aggressive thing to do appeared on the other hand, the loss of one car gave us space for 10 bikes, and that iraq has been pretty much full every day all day, so i appreciate the cooperation of the city and making that happen, and i have to point out that it was done with almost no red tape. i filled out an application and got a phone call, and they put it in, so kudos.
[applause] >> wells fargo has been a wonderful partner with the city. i was with them last week. they had all these volunteers out helping us repair homes in our mission and excelsior for seniors, so it is a wonderful cooperation we have with wells fargo. how was the right coming in today? >> when a great way to start the morning. i wish i could start every morning like this. we have more than 9000 team members at work, so coming from marin county in the east bay from the south bay, so we are actively working with them and helping reduce greenhouse emissions. one of that is by the commute, so we are actively encouraging bike riding to work appear almost every one of our administrative offices has bike racks outside of it to help support our team members, so thank you, and thank you, mayor. >> joel. travel sf.
our tourists and visitors are noticing this experience. what are you saying? >> travel and tourism in -- is san francisco's number one industry. 80 million people come here every year, and more than 1/3 are from international countries that are used to riding bicycles. the more we can make the city accessible for cyclists, the more people can get out to walk or ride the city. it is the best way to see our neighborhood and see the wonderful thing san francisco has to offer, so we are working to make sure that san francisco is accessible to everybody by bicycle. thank you. ed lee the -- mayor lee: the next speaker is not only a bicycle enthusiasts. he sponsors racers. he has the right uniform. he is in shape, challenging everybody, and also doing great work with our city, building our general hospital, helping to build our new puc administrative building. this is andy ball from webcor.
come on up. >> mayor lee was great to ride with this morning. it was a wonderful way to start the day. let's hear it for greenland's -- green plains -- green lanes and churros. [applause] it is one of will to have a building that reduces carbon emissions. webcor has been building a foundation for cycling for the last 11 years by supporting 8350-member cycling team. we have a professional team. we set by women to the beijing olympics -- four women to the beijing olympics, and we have national champions. we have been very successful. now, we are advocating for cycling. commuting, for kids to be able to have a safe way to get to school, more bicycle lanes, a better understanding that there needs to be recognition of the
cyclist and -- as a vulnerable user on our roads, and that is starting to change the laws to make that recognition, so we have roads now designed to recognize the fact that people ride bicycles on them and walk on them. transit-oriented villages where people can have the ability to walk, to cycle, get transit. that is what we believe the future looks like. san francisco has embraced that. it is wonderful to see the new bicycle lanes. when we were out today, we felt safe, and we believe that everybody gets on a bicycle, no matter what walk of life, should be able to ride the bicycle and feel safe while they are doing it. let's hear it for san francisco. we love them. [applause] mayor lee: now, we have our board of supervisors. next time we do that, i would rather do it on a bike. that would be a lot more fun.
supervisor chiu: good morning. and would like to work today? is anyone a member of the amazing san francisco by a coalition? thank you, and thank you for showing the world how we roll. 15 years ago, i started to bite -- bike to work for the first time, and i have to admit, it was a lonely experience. i do not feel alone anymore. last year, the board of supervisors set a new goal for the city. by 2020, we want to have 20% of all trips throughout the city on our bicycles. in order to do this, we need to imagine. we need to imagine a bicycle network from the bay to the bridge, from the east to the west, from the north to the south. we have to imagine separated bicycle lanes, finally getting bicycle parking for all of us,
finally having bicycle signals. we have to imagine sake of conditions for our 8-year-old's and 80's -- 80-year-old's to go to work. i want to thank my two great tour guides. we had a great contingent from the richmond this morning. it was great to see ed lee on a bicycle or 7:15 in the morning. why do seven out of 10 san franciscans get on a bicycle each year? we're going to improve that every year. it makes us a healthier and stronger and more vibrant city. the richmond district has not only great businesses like pete from green apple, which just installed the great crowd, but we hope to see many more of those all around the city, and i really will be working with the
mayor and my colleagues on the board of supervisors to insure that the jfk drive dedicated improvements are instituted before the end of the year. they should have been done before, but we are going to make sure they are down by the end of the year. thank you so much to everyone for being here today and bicycle coalition for keeping us a biking friendly city. thank you. >> thanks, everyone. i want to say thank you to north dakota, mike, the entire group that came with me from district 2 -- i want to say thank you to andy. give me a call anytime. i'm happy to do it again, and thank you to the bicycle coalition and everyone here improving the infrastructure of our bike lanes, whether it be for the america's cup for our daily lives in sanford's is go. as critical to our future, and i look forward to working with everyone here to make that a daily part of our reality in san francisco. thank you very much. [applause] supervisor chu: good morning.
i rode in today on a tandem bicycle in the back. i promise i did tattle on the hill -- pedal on the hill. [laughter] thank you for that, for helping me see san francisco in a new way. when you go on foot, it is a little too much to cover. when you go by car, you miss so much, so i just want to say thank you for giving us this opportunity every year to really experience the city in a different way, to smell things in a different way, understandings in a different way, get our coffee and bagels in a different way, so i want to thank you for that. i love my furry helmet. [applause] i do not really love my hat hair, but i hope that one day, we will be able to have a san francisco were even i, and an experienced biker, will feel comfortable and safe writing in san francisco.
thank you very much. supervisor mirkarimi: i am the proud supervisor district 5, home of the first part with, all of the first dedicated bike light after the injunction on felon and sonic, and absolutely the epicenter were bicyclist go from east to west to our city, but i want to take this opportunity to shore up this one message -- it is time we take back masonic boulevard. it is time that we actually step up the city's game in making sure that masonic is safer bicyclist and pedestrians and that we all descend on this cause right now before anyone gets hurt, and it is time mayor leemayor lee said, -- timeline -- time like mayor lee said that we institute those two main
arteries. [applause] >> good morning. this is my first bike to work day. [applause] i have the honor of representing district 6, which includes where we're standing today. includes mid-market. it includes second street, south of market, tenderloin, and treasure island, and this is a district doesn't have the best and safest bike lanes in san francisco, and it should have them soon. i grew up a city girl, so i never learn how to buy growing up. i have only been biking twice. i want to thank the coalition members that have dedicated their time teaching me how to ride. peter was my bike coalition tour guide today. we got to see some of the green lanes, the boxes, and we also got to ride in some of the areas where there were not biplanes, and i got to feel how unsafe it
was to have trucks and cars trying to jostled around you, and i definitely want to work towards getting lanes that would make someone like me feel safe to ride to work. thank you. [applause] supervisor wiener: let's hear it for district 8. [applause] i was really lucky to date to be able to experience a lot of the real than the art of making our streets more complete and better for everyone. we started at the plaza on castro and market, which was the first in the pavement to parks program, a wonderful example of using our streets in a smarter way. we went down the brand-new 17th street bike lanes, which is terrific, and of the amazing mee again how important it is to resurface our roads and make them smoot for everyone.
then, of course, the green bike lanes on market street and the physical separation, which is so important. this was my first bike to work i look forward to working with you all to making our city better and safer for everyone. thanks. [applause] supervisors campos: good morning. buenos dias. \ i represent district 9, and biking is part of daily life for so many of my residents. mr. mayor, i am happy to see you on that bicycle. you look good. one thing i would say is we have so much happening around bicycling in san francisco, it is very exciting, but we also have some ways to go. i see commissionaire brinkman. it is frustrating when you visit is like d.c. or barcelona and see that they are far ahead of
san francisco. we cannot let that happen. we should relating -- leading the way not only in this country but in the world when it comes to making sure that we have the best bicycle network anywhere, so i am committed to making that happen. one thing that i would say, and i want to thank the bicycle coalition for this -- for us to get to where we want to be in terms of making biking a part of daily line for every san franciscan -- daily life for every san franciscan, we need to reach out to every member of this community, the diverse communities that make up this city, and i want to thank the bicycle coalition for making that effort, taking the time to reach out to those levers communities not only in my district but throughout the city. i want to thank you for that because those communities are part of this effort, and they can benefit from that, and they want to be part of this movement, so thank you so much, and, hopefully, we will see you more out there. thank you. [applause]
>> ok, good morning, everyone. your blood should be pumping. i represent the seven most but -- southernmost part of our city, district 10, the bayview. thank you very much. i have to give the warmest heart felt shout out to my contingent from bayview. we biked all the way from third and thomas. [applause] down third street, and i just want to say, neil, thank you for being our fearless leader. thank you so much. i want to encourage all of you to come out to the bayview for sunday streets. this was only a taste of it. we have a lot of action, a lot of music. it will be good, family fun come give you an opportunity to see part of the city that you did not get to see on a daily basis. i promise we will have fun. we will have food, and there will be music. i welcome you all.
thank you. [applause] supervisor avalos: good morning. how are you all doing? great to see you here today. we are right on the daily city border in district 11. we have about five members of the community out from us all the way from naples green, a new park with that as their, that was put up by dpw with city funds, one of our great assets out there in district 11. i want to thank the mta for all the work you're doing to street by street create a network. thank you for your work. thank you to dpw, who helped make that happen as well. it is very challenging because we have to change many minds about biking in san francisco. i live in a district where cars are more keen than bikes, and we want to change that. it is the work of the san
francisco bicycle coalition that helped make that happen. how we organize our communities and make sure we can share the information about how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, live more healthy lifestyles. that is what the san francisco by coalition does, and i am happy you are doing this work -- that is what the san francisco bike coalition does. thank you so much. [applause] i want to thank the mayor, supervisors, the tremendous support for connecting the city. i also want to bring up our next speaker, the censor recorder phil ting. >> thank you. i rode in today with supervisor chu. as a big shot up to the bike coalition, thank you so much for your advocacy on the bike lanes. i took my 4-year-old daughter to school on the way, so i had to peel off. it is one thing when you are
writing by yourself. it is quite another when you are bringing your children through the city. we started seeing the median coming in. what a difference it makes on that street. thank you for all that advocacy. even if you do not see it, those of us in this city feel it every day. thank you. [applause] >> finally, none of day achievements we are celebrating today would be nothing without the san francisco mta leadership. i want to bring up director brand and. >> good morning, everyone. i am on the board of the mta, and i am thrilled to be here. i love this city and bike to work day is like christmas for all of us. the sfmta is at the forefront of providing support for this
event. a lot of the speakers have mentioned the green by claims, improvements, park lit, thing that make our city more livable. so i want to thank the staff of the mta. i see a lot of you out there now. just to hear the support from the board of supervisors and know that the board of supervisors and mta is on the same page. the sustainable streets group, you are doing such great work, and i am proud to support it. the chairman of our board is here. he rode in with mayor lee. i rode in with supervisor wiener's group, from the castro. i want to mention the fact that there was a 58% increase in the city in the last four years. that is an impressive number, but even more when you put it in
context. could we have handled a 58% increase for muni writers? 58% increase in car traffic during rush hour? no one would be going anywhere. this is a lesson to us. we have an ambitious goal. 20% of trips are bike trips by 2020. we can do it. if we have already increased 58 -- 58% in four years, we can do it. events like bike to work day are just proving the importance of biking to meet all our strategies and goals. thank you for coming out today, and thank you to the mta